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Iraqi Police pursue AQI explosives-cell network, arrest 3

Iraqi Police arrested three suspected terrorists Tuesday during a joint security operation targeting a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) explosives-device cell member in Hammam al-Alil, located approximately 23 km south of Mosul. Acting upon a warrant issued by an Iraqi court, Iraqi Police and U.S.

Jordanian Bodyguard for Al-Qaida Reported Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike

The brother of a Jordanian militant who was a top bodyguard for al-Qaida says he was killed last week in an apparent U.S. drone (pilotless aircraft) strike in Pakistan. News reports quote a man, Omar Mahdi Zeidan, identified as the brother of Mahmud Mahdi Zeidan as saying he was a bodyguard for a top al-Qaida field commander, Mustapha Abulyazid.

Iraqi Forces Arrest Suspected Terrorists

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2010 – Iraqi security forces arrested five suspected terrorists during operations today in Baghdad and northern Iraq, military officials said.  The 44th Iraqi Army soldiers arrested a Promised Day Brigade explosives-cell member and two suspected criminal associates during a joint security operation in northeastern Baghdad. Acting on a court-issued warrant, the Iraqi soldiers with U.S.

Yemen Links Nigerian Airline Plotter With Radical Cleric

A top Yemeni official confirms that the Nigerian man suspected of trying to blow up an airplane last month met with an extremist Muslim cleric linked to other violence in the U.S.  But the official says that although the suspect lived for a while in Yemen, he was radicalized in Britain.  Yemen's deputy prime minister for defense and security affairs says the suspect met with Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric popular with extremist groups, late last year.   Rashad al-Alimi told reporters in Sana'a that Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is thought to have met with the American-Yemeni cleric in Sh

Suicide Bomber in Southern Russia Kills 6 Policemen

A suicide bombing in Russia's southern Dagestan republic Wednesday killed six policemen and wounded at least 16 other people. Authorities say a suicide bomber attempted to drive a car packed with explosives into a police station near Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala. Russian media report the blast left a two-meter wide crater, and that bomb fragments broke windows as far as 300 meters from the site. Dagestan borders Chechnya, where the long-running fight between Russian troops and Islamic separatists has spilled over into neighboring republics in the North Caucasus. Russian Presiden

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Kashmir as Drones Attack in Northwest Pakistan

A suicide bomber has struck a military facility in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, killing at least four soldiers and wounding 11 others.  This is the second incident in the region within a month, fueling fears Taliban militants are expanding their subversive activities.  Meanwhile, tribal sources and local officials say that at least 13 suspected militants were killed and many others wounded in back to back U.S.

Al-Qaida Militants Retreat from Strategic Somali Town

Somalia's al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants say they have made a tactical retreat from Dhusamareb, the central Somali town al-Shabab attacked three days ago in a bid to oust a rival Islamist group.  Al-Shabab views Dhusamareb as an important stepping stone in its quest to put all of Somalia under al-Shabab control. The spokesman of the Islamist militia Ahlu-Sunna Wal-Jamaa, Sheik Abdullahi Sheik Abu Yusuf, says al-Shabab was forced to withdraw from Dhusamareb after losing numerous fighters during Saturday's day-long battle.   Abu Yusuf says more than 100 bodies of al-Shabab fighters ha

Joint operation nets 2 suspected AQI terrorists killed, 21 arrested

Joint security teams killed two and arrested 21 suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) terrorists today during a series of coordinated security operations conducted in Mosul to weaken the terrorist network and prevent future attacks. Throughout the northern Iraqi city, ISF from Nineveh Province and U.S. advisors searched several buildings in order to locate and arrest suspected AQI members believed to be working within the top echelons of the terrorist group.

Security Threats Keep US, British Embassies Closed in Yemen

The United States and Britain are keeping their embassies in Yemen closed for a second day Monday because of threats from a local branch of the al-Qaida terrorist network.  It is not clear when they plan to reopen. France also closed its embassy in Yemen Monday.  The French foreign ministry made the announcement. U.S. President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism aide, John Brennan, told CNN Sunday the U.S.

ISF arrest suspected AQI explosives expert

Iraqi Security Forces arrested a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) explosives expert today during a joint operation conducted in southern Baghdad. ISF and U.S.

Gunmen Kills 4 in Finnish Shopping Mall

Police in Finland say they have found a body they believe to be the gunman who killed five people in a shooting Thursday at a shopping center in the Finnish city of Espoo. Police superintendent Jukka Kaski said the suspect is 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo.  His body was found in an apartment in Espoo.  Police suspect suicide. Police say they also found a body believed to be that of Shkupolli's former girlfriend in another apartment.  She is identified as a Finnish woman born in 1967.  Officials say she had taken out a restraining order against the suspect.

Three Malians to Soon Stand Trial in US Courts for Alleged Narco-Terrorism

Three citizens of the West African country of Mali will soon go on trial here in the United States on charges of conspiracy to commit acts of narco-terrorism and conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Oumar Issa, Harouna Toure, and Idriss Abelrahman were arrested on December 16 in Ghana after they allegedly agreed to transport cocaine through West and North Africa to Europe for al-Qaida, al-Qaida in the Islamic Magreb and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia known as FARC. The three organizations have been designated by the U.S.

Airline Bombing Suspect Spent Months in Yemen in 2009

Authorities in Yemen say the Nigerian man accused of trying to destroy a U.S. jetliner last week lived in Yemen for months, and was in the country as recently as this month. The Yemeni Foreign Ministry says 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was in Yemen from early August to early December.  The ministry says he was granted a visa to study Arabic at an institute in the capital, Sanaa, where he had previously studied.

Britain Confirms Alleged Airline Bomber was on Watch List

The British government has confirmed that the young Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight on Christmas Day was refused entry into Britain earlier this year and his name was added to a so-called watch list.  Somehow, somewhere, security officials did not pick up on the information at their disposal that allowed an individual on a security watch list onto a plane bound for the U.S.

Obama administration security lapses: incompetence or willful ignorance?

Once again, Secretary Janet Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is under scrutiny in the wake of the failed terrorist bombing attempt on Northwest Airlines flight 253. Apparently, DHS had plenty of opportunities to prevent this attack and chose instead to do nothing. http://www.examiner.com/x-25466-DC-Independent-Examiner~y2009m12d27-Obama-administration-security-lapses-incompetence-or-willful-ignorance